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December 8, 2011 8:23:17 PM
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December 8, 2011 8:44:59 PM

I would say between Crucial M4 or the Samsung 830.

The crucial M4 has had good reviews - and apparently is rock solid in terms of stability.

THe samsung 830 is kind of the new kid on the block - but samsung makes decent hardware - so I would say the 830 would be a decent choice as well. I've read it is also reliable. Plus the 830 has that free shipping as well as 60 day return and price guarantee.
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December 8, 2011 8:47:45 PM

I recommend this one as soon as it is back in stock:

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have the 240gb version and it is one of the best SSD's you can buy currently. I have had zero issues with it in the over 3 months I have had it and it absolutely hits rated speeds. The only people that continually have issues with these current sandforce drives are the ones who don't have them set up right, primarily running them on Marvell controlled ports instead of Intel ports or still haven't changed them to AHCI mode.

The main difference between this one and the non deluxe version you listed above is that this one has synchronous NAND instead of the lower quality and slower asynchronous NAND that most SSD's have. It only costs a little bit more but it is definitely worth it if you care about performance. The current discount on newegg also makes it a super deal currently.
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December 8, 2011 8:57:26 PM

I currentely have a 1TB WD Caviar Black which will hold the majority of my files and I'm not being told if i store my games on my HDD I really won't notice a difference and I only really need the OS and startup programs on the SSD. Is this true? If so would it be better to get a smaller SSD like a 64GB and save the money or do you think I'll be shorting myself with space? The one thing I've read a little bit is the reliability of the Muskin, Corsair, and OCZ kind of suck, is that a legit issue or is it just being blown out of proportion?

Thank You
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December 8, 2011 9:10:50 PM

The reliability of the Mushkin OCZ and Corsairs was all related to bad firmware in their second generation sandforce controller. All of those issues have been resolved, and my corsair force GT is screaming fast. I highly recommend either the corsair or ocz as they all have the second generation sandforce controllers and will max out a sata 3 6gb connection with a single drive.
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December 8, 2011 9:22:10 PM

dalethepcman said:
The reliability of the Mushkin OCZ and Corsairs was all related to bad firmware in their second generation sandforce controller. All of those issues have been resolved, and my corsair force GT is screaming fast. I highly recommend either the corsair or ocz as they all have the second generation sandforce controllers and will max out a sata 3 6gb connection with a single drive.


Agreed on the sandforce issues being resolved. The Deluxe models from Mushkin also max out the 6gb/s connection. They are rated as being among the fastest out there right now. In a lot of benches the 240gb deluxe is THE fastest out there. I can't recommend OCZ still though, there remains a few issues with many of their drives and certain motherboard brands. Many have been fixed with motherboard BIOS updates, but many brands still haven't had one.
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December 8, 2011 9:34:22 PM

The only difference I see in the Corsair Force Series GT and the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe is the Mushkin has 5MB/s better read time and 5,000 IOPS more. The price difference on amazon is just under $40. Is the Mushkin that much better to make it worth $40 more than the Corsair Force GT?
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December 8, 2011 9:42:19 PM

xboxps2gba said:
The only difference I see in the Corsair Force Series GT and the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe is the Mushkin has 5MB/s better read time and 5,000 IOPS more. The price difference on amazon is just under $40. Is the Mushkin that much better to make it worth $40 more than the Corsair Force GT?


Realistically you will not notice a difference, though I only see a $20 difference on newegg.

There are a few other differences also, the Mushkin has a newer sandforce controller as well as a few more bells. In the end I would choose which brand you prefer I suppose. I prefer Mushkin currently.
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December 8, 2011 9:53:40 PM

Yeah, on newegg it's 209 vs 89, amazon has the 128gb corsair for 175. The last thing I'm stuck on is should I get the 128gb and install games on it with the OS or get the 60 and use my WD Caviar black for games and the 60 for OS/Web Browser/Startup programs/antivirus. The prices for the corsair gt is $115(60GB) and $175(120GB). What would you recommend?

Thanks, I greatly appreciate your help.
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December 8, 2011 10:03:10 PM

I wouldn't go any smaller than 120gb, even if you only put the OS on there. You would be surprised how fast a 60gb would fill with just the OS, drivers, browsers, and all the other stuff that normally ends up on the system drive. Larger SSD usually also perform better, as well as things like garbage collection and other SSD related things generally perform better on drives with more available space.

Personally I put my OS, browsers, and the games I play the most on there, or if space is an issue games where HD speed actually matters the most. MMORPG's in general pull data extremely often from HDD/SSD. Moving them to an SSD offers a significant improvement to those games.

My 240gb is more than 2/3rds full already after 3 months and I still put a lot of stuff on my 1TB HDD.
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December 8, 2011 10:08:38 PM

Awesome, 120GB it is, thank you again for all of your help.
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December 9, 2011 12:15:47 AM

I agree, 60GB is too small unless you really enjoy micro managing your file system. Make sure if you order from Amazon, that you select the one that is sold by Amazon, I almost bought one from tigerdirect, which was $5 cheaper, but cost $30 to ship.
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December 9, 2011 12:58:34 AM

Samsung staged a major coup. Samsung was awarded contracts to supply Dell, Sony, Lenovo, Apple and other off the shelf brands with OEM versions of their 470 Series SATA 2 3Gb/s ssd's. Eventually the 470's were released for retail sale to consumers. There have been no major issues reported. The 470 has an absolutely stellar record.

Recently Samsung released their new 830 Series SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's. The first ones were OEM versions for Dell and the other off the shelf brands followed by release of retail versions for consumers. Although the ssd has only been available to consumers for a few months it looks like Samsung got it right again.

Here is a link the to ssd database:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

Scroll down to the brands and models you are interested in and then click on the links to the technical reviews.
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December 16, 2011 3:31:59 AM

Best answer selected by xboxps2gba.
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